WP Parade March on April 29 to be bigger than last one above in 2010


By Len Garae | Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016 12:00 am


WP Parade March on April 29 to be bigger than last one above in 2010

While more and more people in Port Vila are rushing to sign the public petition at Manples Market for the peaceful march on April 29, to demand the Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit Leaders to give West Papua full membership, the Chairman of the Vanuatu West Papua Committee, Pastor Allan Nafuki says a two-member delegation from Kanaky (New Caledonia) who are pushing to get the Kanaky Referendum issue on the same band wagon, have been advised to wait until after the march on April 29.

The Chairman says his committee has to work on urgent issues one issue at a time. The Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu has always placed Independence for Kanaky at all its annual general assembly since day one.

Now Kanaky already has a political voice through FLNKS Victor Tutugoro as a full member of MSG.

The Chairman has recommended for them to pursue their case through their leader Tutugoro.

The well-travelled Chairman says the two persons – one a caucasian Frenchman called Leonelli Jeannick and his partner Tjibaou Sabine, who is the daughter of the late Jean-Marie Tjibaou, have made a number of claims concerning FLNKS and themselves.

Pastor Nafuki says his Committee has to look into the duo’s claims to make sure they are genuine in order to decide whether or not to place their case on a similar plate as that of West Papua.

Meanwhile an increasing number of petition forms have also been sent to the rural Provinces to get the support of the masses there before April 29.

The Vanuatu West Papua Committee expects to mobilise 12,000 signatures for the planned peaceful march.


63 Papuan activists arrested in the last 9 days

LBH Jakarta: 63 Papuan activists arrested in the last 9 days


Suara Papua – April 15, 2016


Arnold Belau, Jayapura — The Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) reports that 63 people have been arrested over the last nine days in West Papua. Most of those arrested are activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and the Regional People Parliament (PRD).


Once again the government’s intentions in Papua are being questioned. The LBH Jakarta is strongly condemning the systematic arrest of activists in the lead up to simultaneous actions that took place in Papua on April 13.


The actions, which were led by the KNPB, were joined by around 5,000 Papuans who were supporting the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULWMP) becoming a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).


“We suspect that the security forces will act repressively in Papua in the lead up to the huge actions on April 13. The KNPB is the organisation in Papua that is being most systematically criminalised at the moment. So on the day before [the actions] we along with 47 other organisations from various elements [of society], from students to workers, issued a solidarity statement calling on security forces not to act repressively. And it was proven. We have the names of all 61 [sic] people who have been arrested”, said LBH Jakarta director Alghiffari Aqsa in an email sent to Suara Papua on April 15.


The LBH Jakarta notes that 15 people were arrested in Timika on April 5 and on April 12 six people were arrested in Yahukimo and 15 in Kaimana. On April 13, thirteen people were arrested in Merauke, three people in Sorong and 11 people were arrested in Jayapura.


LBH Jakarta public defender Veronica Koman meanwhile said that in addition to this, some of those who were arrested were stripped naked, beaten with rifle butts, kicked and forced to stand in the sun.


“Certainly, those who’ve been arrested have now been released, except there are still two who are being detained in Timika. One of them has been charged with subversion (maker) even though the person concerned was only leading a prayer meeting on the grounds of a church that supports the ULWMP”, said Veronica.


In addition to this, the LBH Jakarta is currently investigating allegations that people were tortured in Dekai, Yahukimo.


“We received a report that six of the people arrested were hit in the head with hammers, kicked in the face with military boots, ordered to crawl [on the ground] and eat dirt, beaten in a cell until they were bruised and bleeding, as well as being ordered to sing Indonesia Raya [the national anthem] and eat money they had in their pockets”, she explained.


Veronica continued, “These incidents violate Article 28I of the Constitution, the convention against torture and Article 351 of the Criminal Code. Therefore the Mabes Polri [national police headquarters], specifically the Bareskrim [Criminal Investigation Bureau] and the Propam [Professionalism and Security Affairs Division] must investigate the matter. Perpetrators of torture, even though they are law enforcement officials, must be punished”, asserted Veronica.


The arrests, which began a day before the action, were carried out in order to prevent the demonstrations from going ahead. The legal articles used for these arrests are vague and completely fabricated.


In Yahukimo and Merauke, police were unable to explain which articles were used for the arrests. In Kaimana, police said that the arrests were made because the demonstration did not have a police permit.


“We were having an internal meeting to prepare for the action in our own offices weren’t we, what did we need a permit for?”, asked a LBH Jakarta source in Manokwari as quoted in the email received by Suara Papua.


Furthermore, police also prevented protesters from joining the action and carried out arrests during the action. Police also smashed the windows of a command vehicle in Jayapura even though there was no provocation by the protesters who were demonstrating peacefully.


“The string of incidents over these nine days again demonstrates that there has yet to be any change in the government’s attitude towards Papua, it’s still very repressive. [The people’s] constitutional rights to freedom of expression and opinion are violated repeatedly. The state’s presences in Papua is in the form of violence”, asserted Alghiffari.


The LBH Jakarta is therefore demanding that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo take action against the national police and the Papua regional police who have violated the constitutional rights of the Papuan people and order them to immediately release Yus Wenda and Steven Itlay who are still being detained in Timika.


“Our call to the Papuan people is that you are not alone. Continue [expressing] your aspirations!”, said Alghiffari.


[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was “LBH Jakarta: 63 Orang Ditangkap Selama 9 Hari di Papua”.]


Source: http://suarapapua.com/read/2016/04/15/3256/lbh-jakarta-63-orang-ditangkap-selama-9-hari-di-papua



Motives behind Indonesia’s MSG bid questioned


http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/301001/motives-behind-indonesia’s-msg-bid-questioned  8/4/16

There are more questions over the motive behind Indonesia’s bid to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Indonesia was last year granted associate member status in the MSG but its Political and Security Affairs minister Luhut Pandjaitan visited Papua New Guinea and Fiji last week to lobby for greater participation by Jakarta.

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua was granted MSG observer status last year and its spokesman Benny Wenda said Jakarta’s drive to engage with the Pacific was questionable.

He said until West Papuan membership at the MSG came about, Jakarta was barely interested in Melanesia.

Meanwhile, Mr Wenda pointed out that this week West Papuans were arrested in Timika for showing support for Melanesian solidarity at a prayer event.

“There was 13 people arrested just for flying the Melanesian flags like Papua New Guinea, Solomon flag and Kanaky flag were raised with the banner for full membership campaign [for the Liberation Movement], just a prayer meeting. They were arrested, beating and torture. This is while [Minister] Luhut was campaigning for the joining full membership [for Indonesia] in Melanesia. And then back home, the killing continue.”


Minister Luhut told media that his tour of Melanesia was partly about conveying accurate information about Jakarta’s efforts in Papua region.

“Diplomacy is important,” Luhut was reported by Antara news agency as explaining. “We should be aggressively explaining to states in the South Pacific about the conditions and situation in Indonesia including what we have been doing in the area of human rights.”

However, signs continue that West Papuans are brutally denied their basic rights, including to freedom of expression.

Indonesia’s National Human Rights Commission last month stated that in the past year more than 700 West Papuans had been persecuted through being arrested, beaten, and tortured by security forces.

For example, it said that last year on 1 December, eight West Papuans were shot and four more killed by the Indonesian military and police in Yapen for displaying independence aspirations.

Meanwhile, Minister Luhut’s Pacific tour resulted in inter-government agreements for closer co-operation between Indonesia and both PNG and Fiji, including military co-operation.

Fiji also received a $US5 million assistance package from Jakarta for cyclone recovery efforts.

The governments of PNG and Fiji have signalled their support for Indonesian sovereign control of Papua.


Indonesian media reported that Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola indicated his government’s support for Indonesia to be “upgraded” to a full MSG member.

The other full members of the MSG – Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia’s Kanak FLNKS movement – are more vocal about support for Papuan self-determination, and it remains to be seen whether they will support Indonesia becoming a full member.

MSG leaders are due to meet for a special meeting next month in Vanuatu’s capital, where a new director-general is expected to be formally appointed.

Fiji media is reporting that Amena Yauvoli, Fiji’s Ambassador for Climate Change and Oceans, has been confirmed as the new MSG director-general by Ratu Inoke.

Eliminate the smoke of the ULMWP

Eliminate the “Smoke” of the ULMWP

Neles Tebay - Jubi

By Neles Tebay

VARIOUS mass media at home and abroad have covered the official opening of the office of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) which took place on 15 February 2016 in Wamena, Jayawijaya, Papua. With this inauguration, the ULMWP now has offices in three places: in Vanuatu, in the Solomon Islands, and in Wamena.

The Government’s reaction

The initial reaction of the Government was to deny the news about the inauguration of the ULMWP Office in Wamena. The Head of Information for the Regional Military Command XVII/Cendrawasih, Lt.Col Teguh Puji Rahardjo denied that the Free Papua Movement (OPM) has established a ULMWP Office in Wamena (Rmol.co, 17/2). The Cenderawasih Regional Military Command announced that there was no evidence that the OPM had established an office in Wamena (Liputan 6.Com, 17/2). President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, through a spokesman, Johan Budi, also denied reports about the opening of the ULMWP Office in Wamena (Tabloidjubi.com, 17/2).

Although there was denial concerning this inauguration on the side of the Government, it turned out that the police and the local government of Jayawijaya managed to take down the ULMWP Office signboard in Wamena (CNNindonesia.com, 16/2). Albeit indirectly, the taking down of the signboard itself confirmed the reports on the establishment and inauguration of the ULMWP Office.

According to Papua Police Chief, Inspector General of Police Paulus Waterpauw, the ULMWP is prohibited from conducting activities in Indonesia, including in Papua (SuluhPapua.com, 18/2). The prohibition was implemented because ULMWP activities are contrary to positive law and statutory provisions which are in force in Indonesia. The presence of the ULMWP as an organization, according to Waterpauw, is contrary to the integrity of the Indonesian Republic.

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